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Vembu Freebie Offer

Vembu cloud and VM backup aficionados have come out with an interesting free offer that I wanted to share. If Vembu is new to you, check out my previous post in which I summarised Vembu products. The post goes into this into detail, but in summary Vembu covers a wide range of backup scenarios including:

  • VMware VM’s
  • Hyper-V VM’s
  • Physical windows machines
  • Office 365
  • Google Apps (G-Suite)
  • Cloud backup of AWS and Azure VM’s

They say you can’t get anything for free but Vembu’s latest offer challenges this assumption. But like in Deal or No Deal you get a choice. You either go for free backup of everything with limited features. Or you go for backup of a limited number of the virtual machines with all the features enabled.

Whichever option you choose, you can benefit from agentless backups, storage pooling, file level recovery and encryption. The features limited to 3 VM’s include low RPO 15 minutes backups, CBT and quick recovery.

Choices I hear you say, you can see here the differences between the product versions in this table.

Getting hold of it is simple you can download Vembu here. When you first download it you will be on a 30 day trial in which you will get all features for an unlimited number of VM’s. Since the only actual difference between the full and free edition is a licence at the end of the 30 day trial you can choose which way you go, licence to go fully featured or enjoy the free goodness.

#Blogtober is go!

If you like tech content then October could be your new favourite month. Matt Heldstab has thrown down the gauntlet and challenged tech blogges to take part in #Blogtober.  The rules are simple complete 5 or more tech related blog posts in the month of October.  If you are a blogger and want to take part there is time, just head on over to  The list contains some new entrants so don’t be afraid to try your hand.

You can follow along by:

1 Following the hashtag #blogtober

2 Following the Twitter list that Matt has created

3 Check out the list below of bloggers taking part, again credit to Matt for creating this

I hope you will follow along all the content I will be creating on and fellow #Blogtober participants

Turbonomic 6.0 – What’s new?

Turbonomic have today announced the next major release of their software, version 6.0. In the previous release Turbonomic firmly jumped with both feet into the cloud. They continue that trend plus a major overhaul to the interface and other features in this release.


Let’s start with the pretty stuff.  This release follows industry trend with a HTML 5 interface. They have taken the chance with the move to HTML 5 to give the interface a complete overhaul which has a clean and clear look. This is now the default interface with almost 100% feature parity compared to the old UI.

Turbonomic new HTML 5 interface

The interface can be amended for customised dashboards using drag and drop.

Storage Control

Choosing the correct cloud storage tier is important to ensure that you are getting the required performance but not overpaying for performance that isn’t required.  Onsite we have storage tiering such as 3PAR Adaptive Optimization to allow for optimum placement of data to balance performance and cost.  In this release Turbomic introduce the concept of Storage Control.  This technology is able to analyse storage performance and suggest the appropriate tier of storage. A move between tiers can be controlled by Turonomic to allow the dynamic online movement of storage workloads.

Relational DB Control

Relational DB’s are the fastest growing service in AWS.  This release brings the traditional Turbomic capabilities of analysis and auto scaling to relational DB’s.  Turbomic analyses CPU, Memory, IO and NetThroughput to determine if to scale up or down.  This will assure performance and minimise costs

Minimised Unused Instances

With the cloud being a pay to play cost model we only want the work loads live that are being utilised at the time. 6.0 delivers the ability to suspend or terminate unused instances.  This can be achieved in two ways on a pre-configured schedule or in an automated fashion by identifying inactive instances.


Total instance cost control allows a snapshot view of the costs associated with an instance compute, licensing (OS), IP and storage cost

Instance pricing using Turbonomic 6.0

You can read more in the official press release